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ENIAtype: The Architecture of Design Ecologies

ENIAtype: The Architecture of Design Ecologies

Murray, Shaun (2017) ENIAtype: The Architecture of Design Ecologies. [Show/Exhibition]

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Exhibited works will be seven drawings from the project Camargue Condensations and three drawings from the project Cthonic Deluge.

Camargue Condensations
Rhône Valley, Southeast France

The Rhone Valley and adjacent river is for me the subject of certain chronic mental wanderings, clinical enough in nature to produce these drawings, models and explanatory text you are now reading. One of them concerns a vacillating object floating in the Gorge du Fier and becomes animated during annual flood conditions one week in September. There are four locations stretched down the Rhône, each of the locations enable the human participant to ‘read’ the environment through the architectures which are in accordance to the four elemental forces of Water, Earth, Fire and Wind. Each location is a prompt whereby the architecture occupies a shifting territory.

This project reverberates around a series of 'split' sites linked to each other within a complex web of feedback loops and geo-sensing devices. It centres on the harnessing of natural phenomena, complex ecological networks within the unique environmental conditions of the Rhone valley in southern France. By making use of modern technologies, including caged light and magnetorheorological compounds, these naturally fluid systems will be amplified and distorted to form self-regulating, interactive configurations, with endless possibilities for adaptation and transformation. As well as collecting and collating ecological information for research uses, this network provides the means for the human participant as reader, to be ‘plugged into’ nature. At various critical locations the human participant becomes yet another component of the network, influencing the environment; and simultaneously being acted on by diverse factors. These architectures are distributed across sensitive geomorphologic and ecologic special locations, such as gorges that flash flood, salt pans or the point of the France's thinnest Earth's crust, all of which are along the Rhone corridor that terminates at the Camargue and is prone to the ravages of the mistral wind. Within these frameworks intricate mechanisms will form hyperaesthetic connections, augmented, distorted sensations and an immersive intensity orator for a personal dialogue with the human occupant. The synthesis between the locations will have an extensive impact on this sensitive landscape beyond their immediate location, disturbing the threshold between the natural and the artificial.

Chthonic Deluge
River Thames, London

Ground begins with the provisional premise that our environments are composed of a multiplicity of grounds, but are generally unforeseen since they arise with the emergence of the species that forms them. Ground and species are one. Through an understanding that objects cannot be fully explained in terms of their material constituents and the energy within them, objects seem to be something over and above the material components that make them up, but at the same time this can be expressed only through the organization of matter and energy. We can also distinguish that different participants have different umvelten, even though they share the same environment. This paradox enables architecture practices to go beyond shaping geometry, to shaping the internal structure of material. Two abandoned jetties, in the River Thames in London, are used as the context for this investigation. This enquiry considers the jetties as a harbinger for a more meaningful ecology we can somehow tune into through our manual, digital and biological technologies.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecological Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2020 22:18

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